Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?

On Tuesday of this past week our power went out. It was out from around 9:00 in the morning until about 4:00 in the afternoon. We found out that all the rain we've been having in central South Carolina had ruined the cables in the backyard and they had burned through. This in turn had jolted our phone lines, which meant we had no phone service or Internet until Wednesday evening.

There was no electricity of any kind on Tuesday, which meant no heat, no lights and no power to heat food. I spent most of the day reading and scrapbooking, two activities I haven't given myself time to do lately. I just praise God that it wasn't super-cold or a cloudy day so I could sit by the window with my book. I moved the craft table over by the window, too, so I could see all the little parts and pieces.

But I ask you - when was the last time you went two whole days with no telephone conversations, no computer, no e-mail and no Internet? I hadn't realized to what extent I was hooked on technology for many of the things I do every day. I was craving my blog (which I didn't have access to for two whole days) and an e-mail connection. Obviously our land line phone wasn't working, so I couldn't even call Danny to let him know what had happened. Having no tools for communication (I don't have a cell phone) was driving me a little stir-crazy.

The real shock was that I didn't need those things, I just wanted them. I've been so concentrated on what I can do sitting at the computer that I had totally neglected everything else. The girls and I had time to play on the living room floor. I read almost an entire book in one sitting. A craft project that I'd been putting off was almost finished. There was time to bring in firewood, clean up the mud room like I'd wanted to, organize my side of the closet and just sit with Cayenne and watch the power company workers dig giant holes in the neighbor's backyard.

We get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of an electronic world that we forget about all the other ways our time can be spent. It took a major incident for me to really see where my priorities have been - don't let it get that extreme before you set your focus on the things of God and the joys He'll bring to your daily life.

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